European nations are closely monitoring the events unfolding in Russia as tensions escalate between the Kremlin and the Wagner paramilitary group.
Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said in a statement: “Aggression against Ukraine is also causing instability within the Russian Federation."
Meloni also held consultations with the country's foreign and defense ministers as well as other senior military and security figures.
Meanwhile, the country’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani on Twitter urged Italian citizens in Russia to exercise caution.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter that he held consultations with the premier, defense minister, and the allied countries on the situation.
“The course of events beyond our eastern border is being monitored constantly,” he said.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis reiterated that they are in constant contact with the allied countries and closely monitoring the evolution of the situation in Russia.
Bulgarian Vice President Iliana Yotova called the situation “extremely alarming,” according to the state-run BTA news agency.
“We cannot yet predict how this will affect Bulgaria and what the development of events will be from now on. It is too early to make predictions,” she said.
Greece's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it is in constant contact with Greek diplomatic authorities in Russia.